Cybersecurity Awareness Tip - Antivirus

What is Antivirus?

Software that keeps a computer from getting infected with malicious software.  Antivirus can also help to detect and remove malicious software on an infected device.

Why do I need Antivirus?

Among other things, malicious software can be used to steal usernames and passwords, steal personal and sensitive information, send spam email and even encrypt data on a company or university network making it inaccessible (see last week’s tip on Ransomware: .  Antivirus can help prevent, detect, and remove malicious software.  Please contact ITS if your Fairfield University owned computer does not have antivirus installed.

Tips for using Antivirus 
  • Make sure all of your computers have antivirus installed.  If you are using a Fairfield University owned computer and do not have antivirus installed, contact ITS.
  • Keep you Antivirus software up to date.
  • Scan your computer for viruses regularly.
Other Important Security Best Practices
  • Backup your critical files regularly.  Store at least two copies in different locations if possible.
  • Keep your computer operating systems up to date
  • Allow software patches to be installed when prompted 
  • Keep software on your computer up to date. Uninstall unused programs.
  • Reboot your machine on a regular basis to ensure updates are fully processed
Antivirus for student personal computers

Symantec Endpoint Protection is now available for student’s personally owned devices free of charge. Below are instructions on how to install: 
  • Visit:
  • Search for Symantec
  • Sign in using your email address (don’t include student in the email address)
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  • Select “Enroll this device”

For more information, contact Justin Hickey / 2032544058 /